Ravens notebook: Suggs still sidelined

Street Talk Ravens notebook: Suggs still sidelined

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WESTMINSTER — Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs’ original prediction of being out for just a few days has stretched into an entire week as he recuperates from a strained Achilles’ tendon and a bruised left heel.

No longer in a protective walking boot, Suggs is exercising caution as he tries to return to practice.

At this point, Suggs remains unsure of when he’ll be back and is considered a potential question mark for the Ravens’ preseason opener Thursday night against the Washington Redskins.

"It’s getting better, but I don’t know," Suggs said. "Every day, I want to go try it, but it just ain’t ready yet. When I test it out in the morning and put some weight on it, it’s not ready.

"You don’t want to come back too early and then start missing games for something that started small and got bigger. You have to get it healthy."

Unless Suggs returns to practice in the next few days, it appears unlikely that he would be able to play against the Redskins.

"I definitely want to be back for the Redskins because you want to get some live action," Suggs said. "I’m going to keep trying to do it, but I don’t want to hurry back and mess it up more.

"It does hurt. When I press down on it, it hurts enough to keep me out of practice. It ain’t nothing that’s going to keep me out long."

Meanwhile, offensive tackle Michael Oher suffered a mild calf strain Saturday morning. 

"It doesn’t look serious," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He pinched it. It will be a rehab issue for a little while.

Offensive tackle Jared Gaither returned to practice from a minor left trapezius injury. And inside linebacker Tavares Gooden (sports hernia) is back, too.

However, reserve offensive tackle Oniel Cousins remains out with a sprained ankle.

"Oniel’s going to be OK," Harbaugh said. "He’s fine."

Cousins isn’t expecting a long recovery time.

"I could be back out there Sunday or Monday," he said. "I’m relieved because it’s not that painful."

Also not practicing due to injuries: cornerback Samari Rolle (neck), offensive guard Ben Grubbs (sprained ankle), linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (sprained toe), defensive tackle Lamar Divens (hip flexor), wide receivers Mark Clayton (left hamstring), Thomas White (hamstring) and Biren Ealy (groin).

Harbaugh said there’s nothing new regarding Rolle’s status. The former Pro Bowl cornerback remains on the physically unable to perform list for now.

GETTING FEISTY: Tempers flared Saturday morning with the first big altercation of training camp unfolding as offensive tackle Joe Reitz and rookie linebacker-defensive end Paul Kruger squared off after they got tangled up during a full-team drill.

The fight quickly spread to the majority of the offense versus the defense with Reitz surrounded by combatants before the scrum was quickly broken up. Play resumed without further incident.

"We’ve had a lot of scuffles before the whistle gets blown, I can tell you that," Harbaugh said. "Those are the scuffles we’re most interested in. The other ones are irrelevant. We don’t mind them.

"We don’t want them. We don’t NOT want them. We don’t care about them. The ones before the whistle gets blown, those are the ones that matter. Our guys have had plenty of those."

QUICK HITS: Nickelback Chris Carr intercepted a Joe Flacco pass and slickly lateraled it to safety Haruki Nakamura. … The Ravens gave several veterans ages 30 and over the day off, including middle linebacker Ray Lewis, wide receiver Derrick Mason, nose guard Kelly Gregg, center Matt Birk and free safety Ed Reed. Birk watched practice from the sidelines. With Birk out, Chris Chester played center with Marshal Yanda playing offensive guard as well as David Hale and Tre Stallings. … Flacco got angry at himself, cursing when he overthrew wide receiver Demetrius Williams in the end zone. He was also intercepted by Frank Walker, throwing it directly to the cornerback. However, Flacco did throw a great spiral on a touchdown pass to wide receiver Marcus Smith. … Running back Willis McGahee (left knee) and tight end Edgar Jones (leg), who both received treatment Friday, made it through practice without any problems. … The Ravens have high hopes for wide receiver Justin Harper, who caught another touchdown pass from Troy Smith on Saturday, but want to see more consistency from him."He’s done a lot of great things," Harbaugh said. "At the same time, he’ll be the first to tell you, he needs to make everyone of those tough catches. The nine route at the end, he needs to run and go get that ball. But then there’s four or five other routes in there that he looked really good on. That’s where he’s at as a young receiver." … Tight end L.J. Smith caught a long pass behind safety Dawan Landry. Smith appears to be regaining his stride after missing time with a hamstring issue.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.
Photo by Sabina Moran.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

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